On Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, the Owls Head Transportation Museum will celebrate America’s passion for cool cars with its annual Hot Rod, Custom and Muscle Car Cruise-in and Antique Aeroplane Show. Visitor gates open at 9 a.m.; exhibitor gates open at 8 a.m.  Clubs wishing to arrange parking are encouraged to call ahead.

From hot rods to rat rods, motorcycles and bicycles, owners are invited to show off their custom rides or muscle cars. While the theme of the show is custom vehicles, guests arriving in their pre-1996 vehicles of any marque or model receive free admission at this show and all other non-auction museum events.

Special guests include the Maine Vintage Race Car Association’s Maine Motorsports Mobile Museum, the National Street Rod Safety Association and more. A special demonstration of the rare 1965 Ford Falcon factory drag car, the “Wild Child,” demonstrations of special vehicles from our collection as well as guest vehicles and a display of rare muscle cars will round out the weekend.

An array of family activities will include vehicle demonstrations, dirt track racers, free Model T rides and, weather permitting, antique aeroplane demonstrations.

Weather permitting, rides in the museum’s 1941 Stearman biplane, a WWII primary trainer, will be available for purchase throughout the event weekend.  Rides are $250 for 30 minutes and can accommodate a single passenger.

Event admission is $18 for adults. Children under 18, as well as retired and active duty military, are admitted free every day. Concessions from French & Brawn Catering and Marketplace will be available for purchase throughout the event.

For more information, call 594-4418 or visit owlshead.org. The museum is located at 117 Museum St., two miles south of Rockland on Route 73.